How Much Wood Pellets Will I Use For Heating In This Winter?

How are pellets made?

Wood pellets are a high-quality form of fuel. They are small, cylindrical pellets made from recycled wood waste, such as wood shavings and sawdust. They are shredded, hammer milled and then compressed under high pressure and wood’s natural glue (lignin) acts as a binding agent to hold the pellets together.

Pellets are extremely dense and are produced with a low moisture content (below 10%) that allows them to be burned with a very high combustion efficiency. One tonne of pellets is equivalent to about 4-5 tonnes of firewood making it easy to handle and store.

Benefits of Pellet Fuel

  • 100% natural wood sawdust
  • Very low moisture (as low as 6.9%)
  • Very high heating value (up to 20.2 MJ/kg – dry basis)
  • CO2 – neutral
  • No chemical binders or additives
  • Extended burn time
  • Environmentally friendly & renewable energy source

How much fuel will I use?

We get asked this question all the time and it is hard to answer because everyone’s needs are different. Safimex supplies pellet fuel to its customer base and records purchase data, we know that the average consumption over a 12 month period is just less than 1 tonne (2016 it was 922kgs per customer). We also know that some customers only purchased a very small amount and others much more.

Pellet usage patterns have not changed over the years for those who use a pellet heater as their only heat source however we have seen an overall reduction in pellet fuel because many of our customers use a pellet heater to complement a heat pump.

  1. Occasional user = 1/2 tonne per year

May have other heating types. May only operate a pellet heater for a limited number of hours per day as required.

  1. Average user = 1 tonne per year

Pellet heater is the main source of heat. Operates the heater as required. Turns off overnight.

  1. High user = 1 to 2 tonnes per year

Pellet heater is heating more than just the living area and or is operated most of the day and night.

  1. Hydronic user = 2 to 3 tonnes per year

Typically hydronic systems are used for central heating of the whole home. Usually operated 24 hrs a day during winter and heating a large house

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Source: Eco Pellets Tasmania


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